Athletics continues to be a high-dollar enterprise for Texas colleges. The eight public Texas universities that play in the Football Bowl Subdivision — the top level of college football — spent more than $525 million on athletics in the 2014-15 school year. Football is consistently the top revenue-producing sport, followed by men’s basketball. This series looks at the finances of Texas universities’ athletic departments.
Baylor University has fired head football coach Art Briles and removed Ken Starr from his post as president in the wake of an investigation into sexual assault allegations on campus. Starr will continue to serve as the university's chancellor and professor.
The University of North Texas may soon become an exclusive higher education partner with the Dallas Cowboys football team, an unusual deal that would include sponsorship opportunities and provide student internships at the team's headquarters.
Flush with cash from its new football stadium and its move to the Southeastern Conference, Texas A&M University has developed plans to spend $68 million on new stadiums for its softball and track and field teams.
As the cost to run a top-level college athletics department increases, there's a growing trend of Texas schools reaching into their students’ pockets to help pay for their athletic ambitions. This story is part of our "Ballpark Figures" project.
The NCAA men's basketball tournament may have the attention of the nation now, but it won't do much to impact Texas participants' financial bottom line. Records reviewed as part of the Tribune's Ballpark Figures project indicated that football is the true cash cow in Texas college sports.
In recent years, the University of Houston has transferred more than $100 million from its academic side to athletics, aiming to shore up struggling athletic programs and enhance its bid to become a tier one university, and maybe a member of the Big 12.